Accounting and Budgets

 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/24/2017) 
   Two weeks from first adjournment, the Kansas Legislature has started what promises to be a difficult process to pass a new school finance plan, state budget and the tax increases needed to pay for it all.
 KASB analysis shows how new school funding could be used to improve student success (3/23/2017) 
   As legislators debate a new school finance formula, KASB has provided an analysis of how increased funding could be used to improve student success.
 KASB neutral on new school finance bill, supports some parts, but funding falls short (3/23/2017) 
   KASB on Thursday said it is neutral on the new school finance proposal as introduced — supporting some provisions but also noting the legislation falls far short of providing enough revenue to help students succeed.
 HB 2374 Testimony (3/22/2017) 
   Expanding the tax credit for low income students scholarship program.
 Committees working to assemble state budget (3/21/2017) 
   Committee discussion on the budgets will continue tomorrow.
 Flat Tax proposals fall flat in House Tax committee (3/21/2017) 
   As the House Taxation committee works through the final concept proposals for changes to the State of Kansas revenue stream, Monday was a day to explore two different proposals for a "Flat Tax".
 KASB's school finance tracking document (3/17/2017) 
   Here is a link to that document. Next week, more in-depth discussions are expected on school finance.
 KASB legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today (3/17/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review action by the Legislature on school finance, the budget, taxes and other issues.
 K-12 Ed Budget Committee hears school accounting bill (3/16/2017) 
   The House K-12 Education Budget Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on House Bill 2379, which would require school districts to report transaction-level information for all expenditures.
 Proposed amendment would limit state revenue and spending (3/15/2017) 
   Supporting the proposed amendment with written testimony were Americans for Prosperity and the Kansas Policy Institute.
 KASB testifies on income tax, statewide mill levy (3/14/2017) 
   Several members of the committee asked for information on the amount of property tax abatements that impact the 20 mill levy.
 Rescission bill sent to full Senate does not include K-12 cut (3/14/2017) 
   A rescission bill that does not cut public education was approved Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the full Senate for possible floor action on Thursday.
 Senate committee considers rescission bill, but not school cuts (3/13/2017) 
   On Tuesday, the committee will review the financial implications of its adopted amendments and most likely will pass the amended bill out of committee, with Senate floor action expected on Thursday.
 No efficiency savings compounds budget challenge (3/13/2017) 
   The chairman of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee says the state will not realize $47.2 million in savings from consolidating school district procurement and health insurance next year.
 Kansas Capitol Connection for March 10, 2017 (3/10/2017) 
   This coming week may be a busy one for school advocates as the Kansas Senate may consider a two percent cut to public schools in the current year.
 Senate may consider K-12 cut, KASB urges school leaders to contact senators (3/10/2017) 
   The Kansas Senate next week may consider a two percent cut to public schools in the current year, KASB has learned.
 Procurement and health care bills halted for now (3/9/2017) 
   House K-12 Budget Committee Chairman Larry Campbell, R-Olathe, announced on Wednesday he would not advance legislation regarding school district procurement contracts and public school employee health insurance this year.
 Senate Assessment & Taxation begin working on a new tax plan. (3/7/2017) 
   Senate Assessment & Taxation begin working on a new tax plan. Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee Chair Senator Caryn Tyson (R-Parker) opened the door to dialog among the nine committee members during its special Monday afternoon meeting.
 Dennis briefs Legislature on at-risk funding (3/7/2017) 
   KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis on Monday gave an overview of Kansas school finance to House Appropriations and discussed at-risk funding with House K-12 Budget.
 House K-12 Budget to Discuss Procurement and Insurance Wednesday (3/6/2017) 
   As the House K-12 Budget Committee continues to work through the process of developing a new school funding formula, it will take a slight detour on Wednesday to hear from Kansas Secretary of Administration Sarah Shipman on the Alvarez & Marsal propo
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